Rachel Grunwell


Celebrity Speaker

music Speaker

Conference Speaker


Health & Fitness Speaker

Rachel is viewed as one of NZ’s top wellness/fitness/health/lifestyle influencers. She is a multi-marathoner (19 at last count) and so she knows a thing or two about mind-set and goal-crushing. She runs for her own wellbeing, but also helps disabled athletes to achieve their marathon dreams. She recently helped to take a team to the New York Marathon.

Background. Rachel worked for the Herald group or Fairfax as a journalist for about 20 years. She was a finalist for an award and won best social issues journalist of the year in NZ one year. She’s been writing in the wellness/health/fitness/happiness niche for about six years. You may remember her weekly Herald column where she tried hundreds of fitness and health trends. You name it, she has tried it (and survived it for the sake of being a word-smith!): Acrobatic yoga, flying trapeze, boxing with pro boxer Monty Betham, surfing in Hawaii, BMX riding with Olympian Sarah Walker, a Tough Mudder training session with Shorty St star Pua Magasiva… to running 19 marathons and reviewing juicing diets…. She’s interviewed many of the top health and wellness experts globally through her newspaper and magazine writing ( ie Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence to Shawn Achor (author of The Happiness Advantage) to NZ based nutritionists, neurologists to wellness gurus.

 Rachel is relatable as an everyday mum too. She balances her busy wellness business around her family including three school-aged kids who keep her grounded. People often label her “Superwoman” because she juggles high-profile wellness work with wrangling the kids. But she argues that Superwoman is a myth. It’s about living a life mindfully in balance (and she loves teaching others “how”). Ps she says if she really was Superwoman.. then she’d use her super powers on her kids to get them to do their homework without a fuss.


E. shaun@essentialtalent.co.nz

M. +64 21 466 733

Some major brands and businesses she has worked with:

Fitbit - key note speaker (with slides) at a big launch/social media influencer/on behalf of the brand she helped lead stretches along with The Batchelor Art Green at the 12km Traverse at the Auckland Marathon.

Nespresso – speaker on a panel discussion on how to be a success (alongside celeb chef Josh Emett and comedian Jesse Mulligan etc. She also did social media influencer work on two campaigns for this brand. Rachel savours a coffee daily after running or doing yoga. And yes, Rachel knows the health benefits to the downfalls of caffeine – to how it can fuel an athlete’s performance.

John West (salmon and tuna). John West was the sponsor of Auckland Marathon’s 12km event. Rachel co-presented a series of motivation/educational videos inspiring Kiwis to take on the challenge for social media alongside an elite athlete. This contract also involved social media influencing + doing yoga-for-runners stretches & being a wellness expert at the event expo.

New Balance (athletic brand based in the US). Social media influencer on yoga-for-athletes (why, how to etc) as well as inspirational social media pictures over running the NY Marathon in Nov, 2017.

Cigna insurance. Wellness writing, wellness videos, inspiration. Cigna is the major sponsor of Wellington’s Cigna Round the Bays event (so Rachel wrote blogs, newspaper column series… to speaking on a panel giving running/wellness/health tips).

My Food Bag. Social media campaign work for three months to promote the Fresh Start meals (healthier meals).

Good magazine. Wellness columnist and healthy recipes creator. Rachel inspires Kiwis on how to be fitter, healthier and happier. She’s an expert and also interviews experts globally. 

Les Mills. Creating science-backed and motivational blogs for this global brand for their health hub on their website.

Marathon Mentor: Christchurch Marathon, Wellington Marathon, Rotorua Marathon. Social media work for all. Blogs on sharing wisdom and inspiration. Speaking at the Rotorua event’s expo.

Lululemon. Speaker on a panel for two Mind over Miles events (tips on how to set goals and use proven mind-set techniques etc). Leading yoga classes on-site for the brand. She has also lead yoga-for-runners for Adidas and Asics.


Finding Your Life Flow. Wellbeing Tips to Transform Your Life

Tips and tricks on how to be fitter, healthier and happier - that work. The global research around this is incredible. Rachel has interviewed hundreds of experts globally around these topics. Rachel will inspire you to adopt some habits that can transform your life. You’ll love the anecdotes as well as the research. She shares her journey too on going from being an unfit mum to a multi-marathoner. She shares amazing stories too on helping disabled athletes through events and how they have taught her the only barriers you face in life are the ones that you set yourself.


Wellness in the Workplace – why it matters + relatable tips to transform your business

Happiness leads to success. It doesn’t work the other way around. Rachel knows the science/research around why happiness in the workplace matters and also shares a how-to-guide. Happiness affects workers wellbeing and overall performance. Decode: It can seriously affect a company’s bottom line. Rachel shares tips, tricks, research and ideas that are useful to employers and employees.

Hollywood Happiness Vs Authentic Happiness

Rachel talks about science-backed research on the difference between real happiness and Hollywood happiness: the research, why it matters, what can happen if you don’t give a stuff about things that truly matter etc Ideas shared include conscious living, kindness, research, anecdotes, tools that work. 

De-Stress & Find Calm

We are living in an epidemic of stress, depression and anxiety. Rachel shares science backed tools on how to be calmer, healthier and happier. Rachel shares tools that work and that happiness gurus around the world use themselves. She also talks about her journey. A qualified yoga teacher, Rachel shares strategies and techniques on how you can calm your nervous system in a matter of moments and finishes with a quick mindfulness session (mindfulness is used by psychologists because it is science-proven by the way).

Unfit Mum to Multi-Marathoner

Rachel shares how she went from being an unfit mum (who hated exercise and used to puff merely walking her toddler in a pram around the block) to becoming a multi-marathoner and qualified yoga teacher who has become a wellness expert who helps to transform lives. She is now a clothing horse for some global-renowned fitness brands and speaks and writes on health and happiness trends. She shares all the tools she used to transform her own life (and listeners will have a